Grasmoor

Start point: Lanthwaite Green (NY 159 208)

Lanthwaite Green – Grasmoor Crag Hill Wandope Thirdgill Head Man Whiteless Pike – Whiteless Breast – Low Bank – Rannerdale Knotts – Lanthwaite Green

Distance: 7.1 miles     Total Ascent: 1038 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Cold, very clear. 2°C

As I passed through Ambleside In could see the blood red sky to the south east catching me. As I went through Keswick, I could see a lovely inversion forming over Derwent Water but I managed to press on regardless despite these fantastic condition to head for Buttermere. I was rewarded with the shot I wanted across early morning Buttermere and then a walk in absolute clarity on the north western fells, taking in Grasmoor by the direct route from Lanthwaite Green – a steep one and not for the faint hearted. As Wainwright described it ‘On the whole, however, the climb is probably less difficult than the North Wall of the Eiger’!

Coledale Round

Start point: Braithwaite (NY 227 237)

Braithwaite – Kinn Grisedale Pike Hobcarton Head Hopegill Head – Sand Hill – Coledale Hause – Crag Hill Sail – Scar Crags Causey Pike Outerside Stile End Barrow – Braithwaite

Distance: 9.8 miles     Total Ascent: 1400 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 35 minutes     Start Time: 07:00

Weather: Brightening, warm. 18°C

A heat wave was predicted for today and continuing over the weekend – well, it was indeed pretty warm but there was plenty of cloud cover around all morning with it only clearing (predictably) when I reached the end of the walk. It was a pleasant round though, not too warm and I was out early enough to miss most of the crowds that were sure to be out later.

Rannerdale Round

Start point: Rannerdale Bridge (NY 163 192)

Rannerdale Bridge – Lad Hows (534) Grasmoor Crag Hill WandopeThirdgill Head Man Whiteless Pike – Whiteless Breast – Low Bank – Rannerdale Knotts – Rannerdale Bridge

Distance: 7.5 miles     Total Ascent: 1080 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Dull with showers. 19ºC.

There were two reasons to come to Buttermere today – to walk the Lad Hows ridge to Grasmoor and to see the Rannerdale Bluebells out in force. A third reason was that it has been warm and sunny all week, surely there would be more of the same today, or would there? I thought so as I headed off in shorts and tee shirt with plenty of sun block on…

Coledale Round

Start point: Braithwaite (NY 227 237)

Braithwaite – Kinn Grisedale Pike Hobcarton Head Hopegill Head – Sand Hill – Coledale Hause – Crag Hill Sail  Scar Crags Causey Pike Outerside Stile EndBarrow – Braithwaite

Distance: 11 miles     Total Ascent: 1430 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 35 minutes

Weather: Initially dull and cool turning to blue skies and sunshine. 12oC.

It was certainly a day of two halves today – the ascent to Grisedale Pike was done under dull skies with an increasingly cold wind that lasted until the descent of Sail when the skies ahead suddenly started clearing to reveal blue skies and sunshine. It wasn’t quite what we had last week, but I wasn’t complaining – it could have been much worse.

Coledale Horseshoe

Start point: Braithwaite (NY 227 237)

Braithwaite – Kinn (209)Grisedale Pike (210)Hobcarton Head (211) Hopegill Head (212)– Sand Hill (213) – Coledale Hause – Crag Hill (214)Sail (215) – Scar Crags (216) Causey Pike(217) Outerside (218)Stile End (219)Barrow (220) – Braithwaite

Weather: Snow from the ascent of Grisedale Pike.

Today’s walk takes in a circuit of the Coledale Fells. The weather conditions didn’t look too promising from the valley, but it wasn’t so bad considering. The snowy, wintery conditions made a pleasant change from the recent downpours.